Purdue vs. Rutgers - 3/7/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Purdue vs. Rutgers - 3/7/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Rutgers Scarlet Knights (19-11) at Purdue Boilermakers (16-14)

College Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 2:00 pm (Mackey Arena)

The Line: Purdue Boilermakers -6 -- Over/Under: 126.5

TV: BTN

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the Purdue Boilermakers meet in Big Ten conference college basketball action from the Mackey Arena on Saturday afternoon.

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights come into this game trying to emerge from a logjam in the middle of the Big Ten, sitting at 10-9 in conference play after a 78-67 win over Maryland last time out. Ron Harper Jr. leads Rutgers in scoring with 12 PPG while Geo Baker is 2nd with 10.5 PPG and 3.5 APG and Myles Johnson is matching his team-high 8 RPG with 8 PPG this season. As a team, Rutgers is averaging 69.9 points on 44.7% shooting from the field, 30.4% from 3-point range and 64.6% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 62.5 points on 38.5% shooting from the field and 31.4% from 3-point range this season. Rutgers is 1-8 straight up and 5-3-1 against the spread on the road this season.

The Purdue Boilermakers will try to catch up to Rutgers in the table, sitting at 9-10 in conference play after a 77-68 win over Iowa last time out. Trevion Williams leads Purdue in scoring and rebounding with 11.6 PPG and 7.7 RPG while Eric Hunter Jr. has 10.5 PPG and 2.7 APG. Jahaad Proctor also has 9.3 PPG while Nojel Eastern has 2.7 APG as well this season. As a team, Purdue is averaging 68.2 points on 42.1% shooting from the field, 33.4% from 3-point range and 68.1% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 62.4 points on 40.6% shooting from the field and 30% from 3-point range this season. Purdue is 11-4 straight up and 9-6 against the spread at home this season.

Head-to-head, the home team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.

Rutgers has been playing pretty well all year, but the play for the most part hasn’t transferred onto the road where Rutgers has lost 8 of 9 games this season. With that said, all but one of Rutgers’ conference road games have either been wins or losses of 6 points or less. Purdue has been a dangerous team to go against at home, but Rutgers has the ability to keep this one close. I think Purdue wins this one, but it’s another close one, Give me Rutgers and the points here.

Chris’s Pick Rutgers +6

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.